Chair of Labour Economics


    Summer Semester 2023


    Lecturer: Dr. Mario Bossler (mario.bossler@gmail.com)

    Semester: Summer 2023, first date of the course is Thursday 20 April 2023

    Room and time:

    • Lecture: Thursday, 10-12 am in HS 315
    • Tutorial, Tuesday, 10-12 am in the “Sparkassen-Hörsaal” (Sanderring)

    Module: 12-M-OEA

    Aim of the course:

    The course Advanced Labor Economics is designed to give students an insight into all basic areas of the labor market. In addition to the classical theories of labor demand and labor supply, this also includes the human capital theory, the search theory and theories that explain the fluctuation and mobility of labor. It is a course in which theoretical concepts are taught and practiced, which can be discussed on the basis of observed findings and policies.



    1. Labor market overview

    2. Labor supply

    3. Human capital

    4. Labor demand

    5. Labor market search

    6. Mobility and migration

    7. Wage setting

    8. Compensating wage differentials and discrimination

    9. Unemployment



    - P. Cahuc / S. Carcillo / A. Zylberberg: Labor Economics, 2. Aufl., Cambridge, Mass. 2014

    - G. J. Borjas: Labor Economics, 8. Aufl. New York 2019

    (Detailed references will be provided during the lecture.)



    The course will be graded based on a final exam (60 minutes).


    General information

    The Chair of Labour Economics supervises Master's theses in the wide area of labor economics. Topics usually relate to policy concerns, examples are the minimum wage, minijobs, or labor shortages, just to name a few. Theses should be of empirical nature using either primary or secondary data. The thesis can be written either in German or English. For more information regarding the formal and content-related structure of the thesis, see: Hinweise zur Anfertigung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten (in German)here.


    It is highly recommended to attend the master course Advanced Labor Economics, where students get familiar with major concepts of labor economics. The thesis will build on these skills.

    There is no list with prespecified topics, but each students in encouraged to approach the chair with his or her own idea.